Alceste (1773)

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Start date: 
28 May 1773
Degree of relationship to ancient play: 
Distant relative
Production notes: 
Singspiel in five acts. Dramatis personae: Alcestis (soprano), Admet (tenor), Parthenia (soprano), Herkules (bass). Goethe protested against this galant, counter-Euripidean adaptation in his pamphlet 'Götter, Helden und Wieland'. The opera nevertheless achieved popularity. Wieland's libretto was further set by Friedrich Wilhelm Heinrich Benda (Berlin 1786: see Production ID 9839) and Ernst Wilhelm Wolf (Weimar 1786: see Production ID 9840).
Media of production: 
Opera, musical and related genres
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Information related to this production

Person Role Notes
Josepha Hellmuth Singer soprano, Parthenia
Anton Schweitzer (1735-1787) Composer
Christoph Martin Wieland (1733-1813) Librettist
Venue Festival Dates Notes
Hoftheater (Weimar, Free State of Thuringia, Germany) 28 May, 1773
Source Format Location if held at the APGRD Pagination
The New Grove Dictionary of Opera. Volume 4 (Roe-Z) Book library 265-266
Illustrated Encyclopaedia of World Theatre Book library 286
The Use of Greek Tragedy in the History of Opera Print-out archive 85
Grove Music Online Website New Grove Opera: Thomas Bauman, 'Alceste (iv)'; John A. Rice, 'Alcestis'

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